A couple weeks ago it was announced that Buffy movie director Fran Rubel Kuzui was developing a new Buffy The Vampire Slayer film without the involvement of Buffy creator Joss Whedon. The movie would be darker, and would follow a new vampire slayer who must step up to protect this new generation. The Whedon fan community were shocked. Making a new Buffy film without Whedon’s involvement seemed rather pointless.
The good news: Apparently the new Buffy producers did reach out to Whedon after all. Whedon tells EW: “I believe [the producers] did ultimately reach out to my agent after the news broke.”
The bad news: Whedon wants no involvement. Whedon says, “I think that’s something better left untouched by me. So, I wish them luck.”
It seems to me that the only reason a new Buffy movie is in development is financial reasons. Twilight mania is bigger than ever, and anything with Vampires and teenagers is bound to make money, right? It’s this kind of stupid Hollywood thinking that has resulted in the biggest bombs and worst movies of all time. It seems that you should only make a movie if you have a good story to tell, but Kuzui announced a big screen Buffy reboot before a screenwriter is even hired. Even if they did eventually score a hot actress like Megan Fox for the role, a Whedon-less Buffy film effectively has alienated the core-fanbase.